Indian Army veterans not forgotten
2018 is being celebrated by the Indian Army as the ‘Year of Disabled Soldiers in the Line of Duty’ and in keeping with its glorious traditions special emphasis is laid on welfare of disabled soldiers by way of facilitating job opportunities for them, war widows and their dependents.
Mar 26, 2018
By Anil Bhat
2018 is being celebrated by the Indian Army as the ‘Year of Disabled Soldiers in the Line of Duty’ and in keeping with its glorious traditions special emphasis is laid on welfare of disabled soldiers by way of facilitating job opportunities for them, war widows and their dependents. As part of the process of expressing gratitude and recognition for the selfless service and sacrifices by the veterans towards nation building, veterans’ empowerment rallies were organized at Darjeeling and Udaipur Military Station.
Darjeeling has the unique distinction of having approximately 13,000 veterans. The rally at Darjeeling was attended by over 10,000 veterans. The event was marked by presentation of modified scooters, wheel chairs and other equipment. Felicitations of war veterans and veer naaris (war widows), issuing education grants for children of disabled soldiers and hearing the grievances of veterans were all covered/addressed by representatives of the Army Placement Node, Kolkata, Central Pension Cell, Pensions Controller of Defence Accounts, Allahabad, Gorkha Record Office and officials of Civil Administration. A medical camp with specialists from the Army and civilian doctors was also held.
Rajasthan has traditionally been a major contributor towards recruitment into the armed forces and thus is a state with a large number of veterans. The rally at Udaipur covered Udaipur, Sirohi, Dungarpur, Banswara, Pratapgarh, Rajsamand, Bhilwara and Chittorgarh districts of Rajasthan. Approximately a thousand veterans, veer naaris and their dependents attended the rally, where representatives from the Zila Sainik Board, Ex-servicemen Corporation, Records Offices along with officials from the State Administration were present. Assistance was provided for registration/updating of veterans for Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme and Canteen Stores Department smart cards and a medical camp like the one at Darjeeling was held.
At both the rally locations, adequate arrangements were made for transport, meals and even entertainment.
(The author is an Indian Army veteran and strategic analyst. He can be contacted at email@example.com)